Who woulda thought Dems would long for Bill Clinton?
Absence makes the disgust grow lower. That’s the phrase, isn’t it?
Wait. Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
And Bill Clinton has been absent quite a while. Long enough to make many forget he was to the U.S. economy as Jud Buechler was to the championship Chicago Bulls of the same era; that is, he stayed out of the way and let the heavy lifters do their thing.
But not all is well with the pols in donkey land.
“There are not a lot of moderates left in the Democratic Party, and Cory [Booker] is one of the few of them left,” said former Democratic Rep. Artur Davis of Alabama, an early Obama ally who has become increasingly estranged from the party. “I would like to think Cory speaks for a lot of voters in the Democratic Party, but sadly he doesn’t speak for a lot of Democratic operatives within the party. This isn’t Bill Clinton’s Democratic Party anymore.”
Recall that Clinton won 42% of the vote in 1992 and 49.2% in 1996.
I’m not really sure there are any moderates left in the Democrat party and recall hearing within the last few months that the most liberal Republican in the U.S. Senate is less liberal than the most conservative Democrat. But isn’t that the way it’s supposed to be? In general the Democrats are the party of liberalism and Republicans are the party of conservatism?
Like Jud Buechler when Michael Jordan is on the team, there’s plenty to be said about staying out of the way. However the hubris and massive blind spot of the current crop of politicos, the never let a good crisis go to waste types, has given us failure instead of success. We have an Administration of not-even-close-to-being Jud Buechler-types who think they’re Michael Jordan.
As a result of this hubris, inexperience, ineptness, and being wrong on literally every policy, we now have the least successful President since Jimmy Carter.
But come November, we also have a chance to make things better. Barry Oh’s! term can be perhaps viewed as a learning experience—a painful, across the board disaster—for our country.